Examples of Harassment
A professor insists that a student have sex with him/her in exchange for a good grade.
A student sends sexually oriented jokes around on an e-mail list s/he created even when asked to stop.
Explicit sexual pictures are displayed in a professor’s office, on a residence hall door, or on a computer monitor in a public space.
A group of students ‘rates’ another person’s body or sex appeal, or comments about his/her clothing or appearance.
An internship or co-op supervisor engages a student in a discussion about his/her past sexual experiences.
An ex-girlfriend spreads personal stories about her sex life with her former boyfriend to the clear discomfort of the boyfriend.
A sorority requires prospective members to share stories about past sexual experiences as a prerequisite for acceptance into the sorority.
A professor makes derogatory remarks about someone’s sexual identity or draws attention to a student’s sexual orientation to illustrate a point.
KEY POINT: The above behaviors must be unwelcome. ‘Sexual harassment’ concerns the impact of the behavior on the ‘victim,’ not necessarily the intent of the person engaging in the behavior.